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Biology with Environmental Emphasis BS

BS (26 hours in major; 8 hours in prerequisites; 36 hours in co-requisites)

Environmental Programs (Biology BA or BS major) Environmental programs at Houghton take advantage of the college’s location in the Allegheny Plateau (ranging in elevation from 1000 to 2500 feet), with access to forest, river, and lake ecosystems, and the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, Houghton’s 1300-acre campus has forest and field areas for study. The 91-acre Spring Lake preserve, incorporating an old growth forest and undeveloped kettle lake within eight miles of the campus, is available for environmental research.

Two Houghton programs emphasize Christian stewardship of the creation as well as environmental awareness and analysis. The BA/BS major in biology with environmental emphasis prepares students for careers in environmental education, research and analysis, and further study in graduate programs. Field-oriented courses complement a strong biology background, including at least one course at AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies (see Off-Campus Programs section), a center for Christian environmental stewardship. The environmental stewardship minor (see below) for science and non-science majors provides background for responsible stewardship. Required courses include Local Flora and Natural Resource Management. A senior seminar offers exposure to environmental leaders at the local, state, and national level. For further information on the environmental programs, contact Professor James Wolfe at james.wolfe@houghton.edu.

Biology with Environmental Emphasis: BA and Biology with Environmental Emphasis: BS: The BA or BS in biology with environmental emphasis prepares students for careers in environmental education, analysis, and research. Students can take the New York state civil service exam for application as a conservation biologist to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Biologist (wildlife) Bachelor's or higher-level degree including or supplemented by 30 semester credit hours in the biological sciences. These 30 semester credit hours must include 18 specialized semester credit hours in wildlife courses that address the study, monitoring, modeling, management, interrelationships, or characteristics of wild animals and their habitats. See the following website. http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/45991.html

Biologist (ecology) Bachelor's or higher-level degree including or supplemented by 30 semester credit hours in the biological sciences. These 30 semester credit hours must include 18 specialized semester credit hours in field biology or ecology courses such as fishery or wildlife science, fishery or wildlife management, environmental impact analysis, limnology, toxicology, plant or animal taxonomy, wetland resources, wildlife population dynamics, zoology, or botany or any of their subspecialties. See following website. http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/45987.html

Prequisite CoursesCredits
BIOL 151 General Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems 4
BIOL 152 General Biology: Cellular Biology and Genetics 4
Note: unless a grade of C- is earned in the lecture component of both BIOL 151 and BIOL 152 students must enroll concurrently in BIOL 151 or BIOL 152 if also enrolling in 200 level or higher biology courses.
Total 8
Co-requisitesCredits
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
ESCI 101 Physical Geology 4
ESCI 212 Environmental Earth Science 4
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 151 General Physics I 4
PHYS 152 General Physics II 4
MATH 181 Calculus 4
Total 36
Required Major CoursesCredits
BIOL 251 Genetics 4
BIOL 301 Field Botany 4
BIOL 322 General Ecology 4
BIOL 482 Senior Capstone: Senior Seminar 2
BIOL xxx At least one course with zoological emphasis 4
Field Experience (Choose from list below)
Biology course(s) at the AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies (max. 8 hours) 4 or 8
field coursse at another accredited institution
significant intern or work experience
Total 26
Recommended CoursesCredits
REC 401 National Resource Management 4
SOC 307 and 308 or  SOC 309 Statistics 3 or 4


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